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entity

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noun en·ti·ty \ˈen-tə-tē, ˈe-nə-\

Simple Definition of entity

  • : something that exists by itself : something that is separate from other things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of entity

plural entities

  1. 1 a :  being, existence; especially :  independent, separate, or self-contained existence b :  the existence of a thing as contrasted with its attributes

  2. 2 :  something that has separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality

  3. 3 :  an organization (as a business or governmental unit) that has an identity separate from those of its members

Examples of entity in a sentence

  1. One division of the company was broken off as a separate entity.

  2. <the question of whether extrasensory perception will ever be a scientifically recognized entity>



Origin of entity

Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin ent-, ens existing thing, from coined present participle of esse to be — more at is


First Known Use: 1596

Rhymes with entity


Medical Dictionary

entity

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noun en·ti·ty \ˈen(t)-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of entity

plural entities

  1. :  something (as a disease or condition) that has separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality <whether the common cold is an entity has been debated—Year Book of Medicine>




Law Dictionary

entity

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noun en·ti·ty \ˈen-ti-tē\

Legal Definition of entity

plural entities

  1. :  an organization (as a business or governmental unit) that has a legal identity which is separate from those of its members — see also alter ego, instrumentality, juridical person, legal person, pierce





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